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cases, u.s. citizens. our national investigative correspondent michael isikoff broke the story and has our report. >> reporter: drones have been called president obama's weapon of choice. during his four years as commander in chief, u.s. military and cia drone strikes have accelerated at an unprecedented pace. more than 400 cia strikes against targets in pakistan and yemen. eight times as many as under president bush. >> they have been very precise, precision strikes against al qaeda and their affiliates. >> these strikes are legal. they are ethical. and they are wise. >> reporter: but today, new questions about drone strikes targeting american citizens, including anwar al awlaki. born in new mexico and killed in yemen in 2011. he allegedly directed the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up an airliner over detroit in 2009. but awlaki was never charged with a crime. nbc news has obtained this confidential 16-page justice department memo that concludes lethal strikes against u.s. citizens who are operational leaders of al qaeda are a lawful act of national self-defense. >> we
. there are new claims of a responsibility for a terrorist attack on the u.s. embassy in turkey. we know about the group and how they fit into the wider global terror network. >> the white house on defense over defense secretary nominee chuck hagel's explosive and contentious senate hearing. what are the chances that he'll get confirmed. >>> the dow closing above 14,000 for the very first time in years. will it continue? that's the big question. >>> but up first some brand new developments this out of alabama. that's where a 5-year-old boy remains hostage in an underground bunker. at this hour authorities sent a special message to the man holding him there, jimmy lee dykes. the standoff began five days ago when police say dykes kidnapped the boy from his school bus after shooting the driver. jonathan serrie is live at the scene in midland city, alabama. what's the latest? >> reporter: no resolution as the hostage standoff goes into a fifth afternoon. however, authorities say they are in constant communication with 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes communicating through the pvc pipe that provides ven
in maryland or virginia. 270, travel lanes are open. a quiet trip. in frederick there is a closure of u.s. route 40 south of 70. this is near langdon road. there was a crash involving a pickup truck and a car. that is south of interstate 70 on u.s. 340. a good ride on 95. 395, no problems. back to you. >> thank you. we want to update you on a story we brought you yesterday that is continuing to unsold regarding billing pixar oscar pistorius -- th olympie olympics star oscar pistorius. qusseir jummy olabanji. >> we are told that when the judge read the murder charge officially out loud, oscar put his hhead in his hands and began sobbing. his family is there supporting him. and some family members and friends of the victim, 30-year- old reeva steenkamp, a model, his girlfriend. she was shot and killed yesterday in his home. he is charged with her murder. more than 100 people are in the courtroom seats right now including dozens of reporters photographers, and camera people, in south africa. we are expected to get more information with the next hour or so. as soon as we do, we will pass it a
. arrested that we do via video so it works wonderfully. >> host: have you kept your u.s. citizenship? >> guest: oh yes. >> host: why? >> guest: my mother and father and my grandparents survived that for me. it is my duty. >> host: in "quitting america" the departure of a black man from his native land written in 2004 and by the way have you changed any of your views since the election of barack obama? >> guest: i remember my mother when he was nominated, hazel and khalia and i were in montrÉal. she called me at the hotel. she was i think 93 then. she said, and she was crying. [inaudible] i didn't need that telling. i always knew this. america is many places. it is a place that can be tolerant and accepting, a place where views can be moderated and differences can be reconciled. and i think a good deal of america supported vigorously the candidacy of a rock obama. and it's not only important to the black community. it's important to other americans as well. but he still faces a sort of vicious kind of ridicule from certain borders that are not unlike the america we saw when i was you
'm heather childers. topping the news, new fallout on the benghazi attack. leon panetta saying that the u.s. military could not respond like a police department. >> this is not 911. you can't simply call and expect within two minutes to have a team in place. >> heather: is this a preview of what we could see when he testifies before the senate? a fair and balanced debate straight ahead. >> gregg: and the death of an american hero. he struck fear into the hearts of our enemies and now we have the tragic ending of chris kyle a sniper without equal in military history. >> heather: plus, reports that the american dream have may have been premature. kids believe that their tomorrow will be better than our today. >>> we begin with a fox news alert. a town in mourning as we awaited details on the alabama hostage crisis. the funeral for the bus driver gunned down by jimmy lee dikes. he has been hiding out in an underground bunker with a five-year-old hostage. jonathan, what happened at the funeral today? >> reporter: the funeral procession was led by the patriot guard riders and also a convoy of sc
carrying more than 4000 people in the gulf of mexico. the ntsb and the u.s. coast guard are sending investigators to mobil and the alabama where carnival cruise lines carnival triumph is expected to arrive tomorrow. the triumph of dallas in taxes for a scheduled 40 crews last thursday. a sunday and then fired knocked out this its primary power source leaving it a draft. >> treasury secretary nominee jack lew is expected to face questions from senate republicans say about his tenure at city group during its downward spiral during the 2008 financial crisis. political analysts say the growing will make for a tougher confirmation hearing and then white house officials and initially anticipated. flu would succeed to indict the are aware this resigned last month. little is currently the white house chief of staff. senators have expressed criticism of the $1 million bonus lu received shortly before see group got a $300 billion federal guarantee to take are the bank's elite mortgage-backed securities. and the report and the national hurricane center says super storm sandy was a deadly is hu
capital murder charges in the shooting death of chris kyle, a u.s. sniper who starred in the reality series "stars earn stripes." kyle and a friend were gunned down at a north texas shooting range. >> in an interview with the "today" show last year, kyle said he had no regrets about his actions in combat. >> every person i killed, i have a clear conscience of because they were actively trying to harm americans, allies, or civilians. >> routh was a military veteran, but his motives are still unclear. he's being held on $3 million bond. >>> we are entering the seventh day of the hostage standoff in alabama. a 5-year-old boy is still being held in an underground bunker by jim lee dykes. police say dykes shot and killed a school bus driver last tuesday and abducted the child. police continue to negotiate with dykes who has received medicine for the boy and is believed to be making the boy as comfortable as possible. the funeral for the bus driver was held sunday. as hundreds turned out to pay tribute to charles poland who was hailed as a hero for protecting the other children on the scho
. speaker, this is no time to eliminate preclearance. i'm reminded of a letter i wrote to the u.s. attorney's office, attorney general eric holder, to just in my city alone, the city of houston, to report 15 voter abuse cases. without the preclearance where would we be? or the proposal to eliminate the independent school district board of trustees, over a school district that has worked hard to survive, will be subjected to the preclearance to determine whether not only the students will be denied their right to learn in a school district they love and is fighting for their education, but that elected persons will be denied the right to serve and others denied the right to vote for them. the voting rights act protects all voters. it gives them all the right to vote, one vote one person. shelby county has raised the issue they should not be subjected to preclearance. they are beyond that. the district court, federal court decided in washington, d.c., that they were wrong. that preclearance is constitutional. and we know that well because about -- because when we had the privilege of re-autho
the nation's intelligence community had their hands on classified documents, the topic, when u.s. drones can legally kill americans overseas. president obama has agreed to the release only after caving in to the demands of congress. and today, in a senate confirmation hearing lawmakers will grill john brennan, obama's choice to lead the cia and also an architect of the drone program and a vocal supporter. >> we conduct targeted strikes because they are necessary to mitigate an actual ongoing threat to stop plots, prevent future attacks, and to save american lives. >> but it was the killing of an american citizen in yemen that raises all the questions. u.s. drones killed u.s.-born cleric anwar al awlaki, he was tied to the terrorist plots including the underwear bomber but never charged in u.s. court. iran claims it has unlocked the encrypted surveillance images from a spy plane drone. cnn cannot independently verify the authenticity video which is running on iranian state television and youtube. >> translator: this aircraft has had many flights in countries around iran and operations that ha
opinion allowing the government to kill u.s. citizens working with al qaeda. the president made the decision this evening. and it could affect confirmation hearings for his pick to be the cia director tomorrow. john brennan has been running the drone program and he and the administration have faced tough questions about the legal rationale for using drones to target americans overseas. >>> coming up, a gore may market in georgetown shut down. we'll tell you what health inspectors found, a man speaks out about his father, who lost his life trying to protect students front gunman on the alabama school bus. >> >>> popular gourmet market in georgetown shut down until further notice. the d.c. health department closed it because of a problem. >>> the man who opened fire last year, could spend more than ten years in jail. 28-year-old floyd corkins pleaded guilty today. he shot a security guard last august inside the downtown headquarters of the group. the guard was wounded. but he wrestled the gone way anyhow. corkins was carrying chick-fil-a sandwich sandwiches. he planned to smear th
worldwide. under fire after nbc news obtained a memo that includes deadly strikes against u.s. citizens that are operational leaders of al qaeda are a lawful act of national self defense. among those targeted, an war al alawki, killed in yemen in 2011. >> it is a chilling dumt document. it sets out the government's intentions to kill american citizens. >> reporter: demanding more transparency about the strikes and is expected to target john brennan during his cia confirmation hearings, beginning tomorrow. president obama on tuesday urged congress to act. >> they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay economically damaging effect of the sequester for a few more months. >> reporter: if you think of it as a t-bone stake, the sequester is like a butcher's knife, lobbing off a big piece. republicans want to avoid the cuts but dismissed the president's proposed solution outright. the white house has made other news this week, saying the president will head to israel for the first time for the first time since taking office this spring, savanna
brands rocketing up, raising a bid to buy the u.s. assets of brewer group modelo and an attempt to apiece regulators for the haush haush/imbey v deal. berkshire hathaway teaming up with 3g capital to buy heinz and in the red today, century link, the land lied provider, cutting its dividend by 26%. whole foods also having a down day. the supermarket chain forecasting weaker sales and margins for the rest of 2013. as for the dow, winners on the day include alcoa and banks like jorg anne which edged higher. the worst per former among the blue chips, general motors, which reported and missed estimates. wider losses in europe and higher costs in north america. guys, back to you. >> all right. we'll leave it there. thank you so much, josh. much more ahead on this jam-packed edition of the "closing bell." high seas drama will take you back where the carnival cruise ship is slowly being tugged to shore right now. stranded passengers complain of overflowing toilet but management says they are doing all they can, and now the lawyers are lining up. also ahead, have you checked your 401(k) lately? if
memo that includes deadly strikes against u.s. citizens who are operational leaders of al qaeda are a lawful act of national self-defense. among those targeted, an warral aulaqi, killed in yemen in 2011. >> it is a chilling document. it sets out the government's claimed authority. >>> senators are demanding more transparency about the strikes and expected to press josh brennan, the architect of the drone policy. during his confirmation hearings tomorrow. meanwhile, with billions of dollars in crippling budget cuts that go in effect march 1st, president obama urged congress to act. >> they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay the economically damaging effect of the sequester for a few more months. >> reporter: what exactly is the sequester? if you think as the federal budget as a t-bone steak, it is like a butcher's knife loping off a big piece, a trillion dollars worth of domestic spending, what experts call the worst way to deal with the budget. they dismissed the president's proposed solution outright. in a few hours the pres
in the global effort to convince iran to abandon its nuclear program. six world powers including the u.s. and russia have a plan. and they're going to present it to the iranians in talks next tuesday. the goal is to offer serious economic incentives in exchange for iran's shutting down uranium enrichment facility and surrendering the stockpile of urani uranium. we have details of this new proposal. what's new about it? i know last year they tried to do this and they didn't go for it. what's new here? >> that's right. it's been about a year since the u.s. and the partners sat down with iran over the nuclear program. they've been making a good deal of progress on the developments since that time. so they're sweetening the pot, so to speak, and asking more of ire ran in return whether they sit down next week in kazakhstan. in exchange for easing the ban on the trade of gold and precious metals to iran and some nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes, iran must close its enrichment facility at a plant that is underground. the longer iran keeps this underground facility open and becomes more diffi
. and then a week later that. >> took on that march again, only this time they were protected by thousands of u.s. army soldiers and national guardsmen acting under federal command. and by the time that speech -- that march, excuse me -- ended up at the montgomery state capitol, it was not 600 people, it was not 2500 people, it was 25,000 people. and that was when martin luther king gave his "how long, not long" speech at the state capitol. the night before that last march started, the president of the united states convened a joint session of congress to address the crisis and to demand a very specific response. this is the night, of course, when president lyndon baines johnson in his texas drawl said live on national tv "we shall overcome." >> mr. speaker, mr. president, members of the congress, i speak tonight for the dignity of man and the destiny of democracy. at times history and fate meet at a single time in a single place to shape a turning point in man's unending search for freedom. so it was at lexington and concord. so it was a century ago at appomattox. so it was last week in selma, a
. >>> and wikileaks founder julian assange has waded into the drone debate slamming the u.s. government for saying it has the right to stage drone strikes against u.s. citizens perceived to be "imminent terror threats." >>> and first lady michelle obama is part of a group of washington dignitary who have returned home to chicago to say good-bye to hadiyah pendleton, the 15-year-old band majorette and athlete shot and killed in chicago just days after performing for the obama inauguration. cnn's thooena jones is on the south side of check at the funeral. athena, you've had a chance to talk with some family and friends. what are they saying? >> well, you know, we've been viewing the ceremony from our truck out here. we have a live feed in. this has been a very emotional day certainly for hadiyah pendleton's friends and family and particularlial last half hour or so. we've seen more than a dozen young people, many of them young women who described themselves as best friends of hadial pendleton and a few young men talk about what she was like, a common theme is she smiled a lot. that she was a mentor
of there. and when it is done the u.s. navy will no longer have 14 class mine sweepers. we will have 13 and we could owe the philippines $300 per square meter of coral and somebody in mapville is going to be in big trouble. morning. the world's most watched tv event just two days away. >>> the alabama standoff with a 5-year-old hostage enters the fourth day. >>> an explosion rips through this building killing 25. others are feared trapped in the rubble. >>> plus, hillary clinton rides off into the sunset. chuck hagel against down right defensive and lions, tigers and bears. "first look" starts right now. >>> good morning. super bowl weekend is here. fans of the ravens and 49ers descend upon new orleans, the town known for the lavish parties is gearing up to throw one of the biggest ever. and there's a lot to look forward to. jay gray is live in new orleans for us. jay, tough assignment. good morning. >> reporter: yeah. i get all the rough ones. good to talk to you this morning. the colors of mardi gras lighting up the dome. comes in the middle of that festival. and a lot of people as yo
branch of the u.s. military. biggest lie yet came when vest tried to con front dick face-to-face. >> he was the one that actually shot osama bin laden. >>reporter: you bought that. >> no. i knew that this was a charade at that point. there was no question about it. >>reporter: let me talk to you about your navy seal back ground. >> i don't have a navy seal background. >>reporter: you told people that didn't you. >> no i did not. >>reporter: when i tracked him down to southern california last week he wouldn't stop long enough to look at the information i compiled on him. all the phoney facebook pos postings e-mails with tall tal tale. fake discharge papers. the contract he signed with vest guarantee he's a navy see. you have a lane of people claim it you scam them out of a lot of money. >> no. >>reporter: aj next target the carson city, nevada airport. public hearing last may the airport commission thanked mr. mr. dick for his service as u.s. navy seal app granted use of hangar for his new self-defense classes. again, businessed on skills he supposedly learned as navy sea seal.
never served a day in any branch of the u.s. military. biggest lie yet came when vest tried to con front dick face-to-face. >> he was the one that actually shot osama bin laden. >>reporter: you bought that. >> no. i knew that this was a charade at that point. there was no question about it. >>reporter: let me talk to you about your navy seal back ground. >> i don't have a navy seal background. >>reporter: you told people that didn't you. >> no i did not. >>reporter: when i tracked him down to southern california last week he wouldn't stop long enough to look at the information i compiled on him. all the phoney facebook pos postings e-mails with tall tal tale. fake discharge papers. the contract he signed with vest guarantee he's a navy see. you have a lane of people claim it you scam them out of a lot of money. >> no. >>reporter: aj next target the carson city, nevada airport. public hearing last may the airport commission thanked mr. mr. dick for his service as u.s. navy seal app granted use of hangar for his new self-defense classes. again, businessed on skills he suppo
is possible. there's a lot of things in my life -- >> can you imagine u.s. marines charging on to your property and try to steal your guns? >> i hope not but an executive order. >> i spent some time with you. i hear this all the time in texas. i gave an interview to a friend of yours earlier, 30, 50 texans and that was the one thing they all seemed to agree on, that tyranny was about to come their way. >> look at all the other countries and it started where we are right now. and it's ended up with no guns. >> but do you think the american military would attack its own people? >> if they're forced to. i don't know. i hope not. i hope that would not happen. i would think at least 40% or 50% would. >> do you think that's what many texans feel about why they would need a weapon like this? >> they want it because they are law-abiding citizens and they know it's legal to purchase it now and it won't be legal later. they would rather buy it now and be legal rather than do something illegal later because these are law-abiding citizens we're talking about. >> show me what kind of weapon you thi
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not be surprised if it appears in the u.s.. >> it looks like the worst of flu season may be over. reason number showcase of influence like illnesses have gone down for the third consecutive week. your state and are reporting high activity levels. 31 states reported widespread flu cases. that is down from 38 states the week before. despite the lower numbers, flu deaths continue to rise. so far, 64 children have died from the flu season. >> a new study shows that hip replacements are more likely to fail and women than men. researchers found a small number of a hip implants failed overall. but women were 29 percent more likely than men to need a repeat surgery within the first three years. >> researchers looked at more than 35,000 surgeries at 46 hospitals and the kaiser permanente health system. experts say more research is needed to determine which models of hip implants performed best and women. women make up the majority of the for a hundred thousand americans who have full or partial replacement each year. >> late night violence breaking out in san francisco north beach from flfights, to out
is all about. >> according to the a.t.f. in 2011, 6.2 million pistols were sold in the u.s. 2.3 million rifles, 872,000 shotguns and 573,000 revolvers. larry pratt is our guest. by the way, the national rifle association was invivetted to participate in this program and they declined. blue ridge arsenal is our base this morning in virginia for the next couple of hours. we'll be talking to employees and looking at products and services that blue ridge arsenal gun shop rage provides as we take calls with our guest larry pratt. we have a call from michigan. caller: my message and reaction to comments i heard -- i haven't heard anything as far as what has been brought forth yet. why larry, do we not see -- when a gun was purchased at a -- by a dealer, why do we not see or why we haven't heard a gun lock be issued by a federal basis or by some means of standard gun lock with the southeasterly number with that particular -- serial number with that gun. they open the trunk of a person's car or vehicle and there's a gun in the back. it is an ar, it is out of the case. you go through the formali
's a potential third case that has yet to be scheduled. texas versus u.s. or some call it texas versus holder. it is whether the district ruled the plan violated section five of the voting act. joining my panel is barbara, president and executive director of lawyers. a group representing individuals in these cases. >> good to see you. >> it's a pleasure to be here. >> we have been talking about shelby, but talk about the arizona case. >> the arizona case is fascinating. many people remember in 1993, congress passed the motor voter act for the national voter registration act. part of the purpose of that act is to make sure that for federal elections there would be a uniform registration process. it delegated authority to the commission to set up a registration form, which it did. unfortunately, in 2004, arizona passed a law that added its own requirements requiring proof of citizenship in addition and above to those from the federal form. they thought that wasn't enough. they wanted more. and we, of course, objected on behalf of our clients because this placed a special burden on people in ari
" that decisions to target suspected terrorists with drone strikes don't come lightly and that u.s. officials make sure they are focused on somebody who is a direct threat to the united states while trying to limit collateral damage. you can watch chuck todd's full interview with the defense secretary on line. that's at meetthepressnbc.com. >>> this morning the baltimore ravens are the super bowl champions after defeating the san francisco 49ers 34-31 in a game that went down to the wire but not without a hitch. nbc's jay gray reports on all the festivities from the big easy. >> reporter: after a week of preparations and parties -- ♪ [ cheers ] >> reporter: the action moved inside. ♪ >> reporter: a poignant start. ♪ spacious skies >> reporter: students from sandy hook elementary singing "america the beautiful," and then -- ♪ o say >> reporter: a powerful denition of the national anthem -- rendition of the national anthem by alicia keys followed by the game. baltimore took a commanding lead early, and at halftime -- ♪ >> reporter: beyonce commanded the stage. ♪ all the single ladies >>
. the u.s. company operating the bus had no crashes in the past two years, according to federal records. >>> the president heads to minneapolis today to meet with local leaders on the issue of gun control. in his annual presuper bowl interview last night, the president addressed a range of other issues, including the risk of brain injury in children playing football. >> i want to make sure that we're doing everything we can to make the sport safer. and that means that the game is probably going to evolve a little bit. >> president obama also addressed the boy scouts' longstanding policy of excluding gays and lesbians saying that they should have, quote, access and opportunity, the same way everyone else does. >>> a new york icon is laid to rest today at the funeral for former new york city mayor ed koch. former president bill clinton speaks at the manhattan service and koch's favorite subway station will be renamed in his honor. >>> leon panetta defended the use of unmanned drone strikes to target potential terrorists who are a threat to the u.s. in an interview on "meet the press," he
. >> our first scandal in the 1800's. a u.s. representative out of town a lot. >> his wife teresa puts a white handkerchief on the second-floor railing. her lover and across the square, fillipo, the son of francis scott key, he would see the white handkerchief and would raise his own white handkerchief and that would be their signal to meet. >> when her husband learned of the affair, he told his wife to send a signal again and then key showed up instead. >> he said, is council, you betrayed my house, now prepared to die. snooki shoots and kills him in lafayette park confesses an aside, leading a temporary insanity, a first. he is seen as a hero by some. >> he is, because his marriage was violated. >> most people think of when abraham lincoln was killed at, that it was a great loss for the country, but they don't think about the other characters involved. >> and there was the man seated next to the president that night at the theater and unable to stop john wilkes booth. the egg yolks underwhelms him. -- the guilt the overwhelms him. >> he becomes insane and spends 20 years in an asylum
than the sequester. but don't put 50% of the cuts on the u.s. military. >> oh, by the way, the u.s. military is in virginia. i mean, this is a classic comment right there. you know, he wants all these spending cuts, but don't do it in my backyard. i mean, that's where they are. they're self-serving in many regards, and this is why the country can't stand government right now, can't stand the congress. >> well, look, it's total head-spinning, ed. here is the republican line. if you cut defense spending so you have fewer people building ships and things like that, that loses jobs. >> yeah. >> and frankly, it does. but if you cut transportation spending or you cut head start programs, somehow that doesn't hurt jobs. that somehow miraculously grows the economy. we know that's not the case. what republicans want to do here is what they tried in europe and failed. >> yeah. >> they tried this cut and grow. and what they got was cut and shrink. their economies are going down. they're in double-dip recessions. and that's the kind of medicine they want to prescribe here at home now. it won't
kerry arrived in rome where tomorrow he and syrian opposition leaders are going to announce a u.s. policy that will have direct aid. jeffrey is a correspondent for the magazine. he joins me now. we are talking aid for rebel groups. it's non-lethal aid. it went just be humanitarian. more communications gear, could be body armor. >> it's body armor, not armor. >> what they are talking about doing, what kerry is saying he's going to try to do is change the call callus. assad seems to have his own reality base. he's reigning skuds down. it's horrified the west, everyone except perhaps russia. >> most military experts agree if the west wanted to help, they would impose a no-fly zone, not allow syrian helicopters to bomb. >> the white house isn't there yet. >> the president is defiantly not there. he seems to see syria -- he might not be wrong. he sees it as insoluble. you can't solve it. the american public is not interested. you see this in poll after poll. they are not interested in getting deeper into it than we already are. there's no pressure on the administration except from the
an u.s.ey -- uzirifle and a bat. >> police say that green was taking medication for schizophrenia. police say he did not leave a suicide note. >>> prince george's county police need your help finding a missing woman and her 1-year- old daughter. take a look at this picture. 25-year-old stephanie ham rick and her daughter, have not been seen since february 7th. the two were walking to a bus stop in the same block, where they live on green belt road. anybody with information should call police. the number to call, 3 very 1--- 301-390-2143. >>> and the number again. 301-390-2143. for any information about this missing mother and daughter. >>> today is ash wednesday. the beginning of the holiest season on the christian calendar. it was an especially emotional day as pope benedict xvi makes one of his final appearances as the holy father. danielle nottingham reports for wjz from vatican city. >> thousands of faithful gave pope benedict xvi the long ovation near the end of ash wednesday mass. the applause only stopped when the pontiff said thank you,
, the afghan president karzai on sunday ordered all u.s. special forces to leave within two weeks and requested their operations are ceased immediately which neighbors in kabul is viewed as a gateway to the capital, is used as counterinsurgency efforts in recent years. why do we fund a man that doesn't like us? i don't understand that at all. how in the world account congress in its wisdom not speak out and say, listen, you're talking about a 10-year agreement after 2014? how can a country that's financially broke commit to 10 more years after 2014? i do not understand that. in fact, i have introduced with rosa delauro h.r. 125, the congressional oversight of afghanistan agreement act of 2013, which is a bipartisan bill introduced by us and we are reaching out to our other colleagues to say, congress, let's get on the floor, let's debate whether we should stay there 10 years after 2014 or not. mr. speaker, i sincerely believe that the american people would back this legislation because the american people have seen the total chaos right here this week, last week and the next couple weeks to com
a little research. you look at u.s. military spending from 1988 to 2011, and it has gone up in a big way. you look at the percentage of the u.s. military spending compared to the rest of the world. it is, you know, in the last 20 years, we've seen record spending on defense. now, that is due in some part to the fact that we had a war in iraq. we have ongoing military engagement in afghanistan. that costs money, but where do you think democrats need to be. >> on this issue of sequester? >> where democrats have to be is in intelligent reduction in defense spending. the sequester is not intelligent reduction. one of the benefits, i think, of chuck hagel as secretary of defense is he does know and i think will have the willingness to go in there and find the places that are real fat. find the weapons systems that don't work. find the pad in the things, find the excessive spending on things that we don't need, and cut those rather than cutting troop deployments or things like that. >> i think that argument is valid up to a point. the same thing you can say about domestic spending. there's a c
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